With just three regular season fixtures remaining, every game is vital in the race to qualify for the 2018 Major League Soccer playoffs. The Montreal Impact currently occupy that sixth and final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference but D.C. United sit just two points off the pace with a couple of games in hand. A win here for the Impact could turn out to be decisive come the end of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Columbus have all but secured their playoff status this year. The visitors are currently sitting pretty in fourth spot in the East and plenty of punters will fancy the Crew as dark horses to go on and win the MLS Cup. Gregg Berhalter’s side have lost just one of their previous six Major League Soccer outings and another positive result could be on the cards this weekend.
Columbus Crew edged a five-goal thriller in the corresponding fixture back in March; a 94th minute goal from Gyasi Zardes giving Berhalter’s men the three points. Montreal would love to make amends for that defeat here, especially with so much riding on results in the next few weeks. Without further ado, let’s get down to the action…
The 7/5 on offer with Betway represents solid value for a home victory and lots of punters will fancy the Canadian outfit at that price. Montreal have lost just one of their last 10 MLS fixtures on home soil and it would take a brave man to back against Remi Garde’s side this weekend. The Impact will be going all out for the win; a draw might not be enough in the contest of the playoff race.
William Hill are going 5/2 for the draw and that carries plenty of appeal. With so much riding on this encounter, both sides could adopt a tentative approach at Stade Saputo. The Impact fans will be expecting big things from their team in this one but Columbus are no slouches and the Canadian side may grow frustrated if the visitors defend well.
2/1 for a Columbus Crew triumph with 888sport is a price that shouldn’t be sniffed at. The visitors are gearing up for the postseason but momentum is everything in soccer and they will not want to lose this game. Winning on the road against a consistent Montreal outfit will not be easy but Columbus certainly have the quality to push their opponents close.
Goal Scorer Tips And Other Bets
The under 2.5 goals line looks like the best bet here. 11/10 for a low-scoring affair at Stade Saputo is a solid enough figure but this is still a fascinating affair on paper. Backing a winner in this one may prove tricky due to how tightly contested the fixture may be so opting for the under line could be the way to go.
Taking the above into account, the “NO” in the both teams to score market is available at 6/4 – well worth backing if you are expecting a defensive-minded affair. Columbus will be looking to solidify their grip on fourth spot at the very least and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the visitors adopt a defensive approach. The onus will be on Montreal to break their rivals down.
Montreal are strong at home and the Impact could just about edge this one. It might not be the prettiest soccer match of all-time but the Canadian side will do whatever it takes to claim three points. Watch this space, Montreal to win a hard-fought affair looks the way to go.
TIP: Under 2.5 goals (Priced at 11/10 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Impact 1-0 Columbus Crew (Priced at 6/1 with Betway)